Church fog
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Every business has its jargon. Insiders use it to save time, demonstrate competence, and feel superior to outsiders and newbies. Medical professionals sling around terms like subdural hematoma, reflux nephropathy, and myocardial infarction. How can you not feel more powerful as you note the blank and uncomprehending looks on the faces of the patient and family? Financial service professionals talk knowingly about endowment contracts, embedded value, fiduciary rules, ERISA, LIMRA, FINRA, BCAR, ETFs, and REITs. Have you ever felt really... Read More
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I recently read some comments appended to an online article on Christian art. The anonymous critic ridiculed the portrayal of a “white Jesus” as a racist holdover from the era of “white oppression and white cultural imperialism.” Ouch. What color should Jesus be in your church art? Look around your congregation’s building. Do you see the face of Jesus anywhere? If you come from a strongly Calvinistic tradition, your church might not have much imagery or perhaps none at all.... Read More
Is yours a clapping church?
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Do the members of your congregation clap in worship? Are they allowed? Bring up this subject and get ready for fireworks: “When we worship God, we must simply follow that which He has revealed to us in the New Testament. Hand clapping as an act of worship is not revealed in the New Testament. Therefore, in order to please God, we must leave it out of our worship! God demands respect for His Word. To add to it or to... Read More
Using metrics in church leadership
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Last week I blogged about transformational leadership in congregations. One of the brief points I made was that lay leaders need to know and focus on the right metrics. A Time of Grace reader replied, “Pastor, could you explain the phrase used in connection with lay leaders: ‘know the right metrics’? I’m not sure what that means or entails.”  The question is how lay leaders and people in governance get a handle on how well the congregation is doing. How... Read More
Attending church less often?
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Carey Nieuwhof is the founding pastor of Connexus Church north of Toronto. He blogs often about churches and church leadership. A friend sent me a recent post that I found significant and would like to share some of his information with you (Google his name to read more of his stuff). Why are even committed church members attending less often? 1. Greater affluence. Making more money is good, right? Well, maybe. It’s a sad corollary that the more financially secure... Read More